X-rays inconclusive, so Orlando Hudson headed for CT scan on injured wrist

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Last night’s game-ending collision with Denard Span left Orlando Hudson with an injured wrist and X-rays taken afterward were inconclusive, so the veteran second baseman is now headed for a CT scan.
Hudson didn’t travel with the team to Seattle, so at the very least he seems unlikely to play in the four-game series against the Mariners and the Twins will hold their breath hoping he avoids a serious injury.
Signed to a one-year, $5 million contract this offseason Hudson has been a perfect fit for the Twins both offensively and defensively, sliding into the No. 2 spot in the batting order between Span and Joe Mauer while hitting .305 with a .377 on-base percentage and 26/20 K/BB ratio.
Minnesota got a combined .209 batting average and .302 OBP from second basemen last season, so the improvement from Hudson has been an underrated factor in the team’s strong start. Alexi Casilla will likely fill in until Hudson returns, although it’s possible the Twins could turn to Triple-A shortstop Trevor Plouffe at second base if Hudson heads to the disabled list.

Colin Poche, Rays go to arbitration just $125,000 apart

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Reliever Colin Poche went to salary arbitration with the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday with the sides just $125,000 apart.

The gap between the $1.3 million the pitcher asked for and the $1,175,000 the team offered was the smallest among the 33 players who exchanged proposed arbitration figures last month. The case was heard by John Woods, Jeanne Vonhof and Walt De Treux, who will hold their decision until later this month.

A 29-year-old left-hander, Poche had Tommy John surgery on July 29, 2020, and returned to the major leagues last April 22 after six appearances at Triple-A Durham. Poche was 4-2 with a 3.99 ERA and seven saves in 65 relief appearances for the Rays. He struck out 64 and walked 22 in 58 2/3 innings.

Poche had a $707,800 salary last year.

Tampa Bay went to arbitration on Monday with reliever Ryan Thompson, whose decision also is being held until later this month. He asked for $1.2 million and the Rays argued for $1 million.

Rays right-hander Jason Adam and outfielder Harold Ramirez remain scheduled for hearings.

Players and teams have split four decisions thus far. All-Star pitcher Max Fried ($13.5 million) lost to Atlanta and reliever Diego Castillo ($2.95 million) was defeated by Seattle, while pitcher Jesus Luzardo ($2.45 million) and AL batting champion Luis Arraez ($6.1 million) both beat the Marlins.

A decision also is pending for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe.

Eighteen additional players are eligible for arbitration and hearings are scheduled through Feb. 17. Among the eligible players is Seattle utilityman Dylan Moore, who has a pending three-year contract worth $8,875,000.